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Consortium Wins $11.7M Grant from European Commission to Uncover Biomarkers for MI

NEW YORK, Feb. 3 (GenomeWeb News) - The European Commission's Sixth Research Framework Programme has provided a four-year, €9 million ($11.7 million) grant to a research consortium that hopes to discover genetic markers associated with a risk of myocardial infarction and clot formation, according to the University of Cambridge.

 

The 14 memebrs of the consortium, called "Bloodomics," have set up the European Cardiovascular Genetics Foundation to manage the project, according to the school. Bloodomics will include researchers from the Universityof Cambridgein the UK; Domantis, a UK-based antibody company; Trium Analysis Online, a German informatics company; and the national blood services of the UKand The Netherlands. At least 180 investigators will work as part of Bloodomics.

 

Research will focus initially on the genes and proteins controlling platelets, with the eventual goal of producing new drugs for the prevention and treatment of heart disease.

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